Twins considering Ryan Vogelsong, Brett Anderson

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The Twins have been linked to free agent starter Ryan Vogelsong, as first reported by the St. Paul Pioneer Press’s Mike Berardino. They’ve retained interest in lefty Brett Anderson as well, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Vogelsong, 37, proved quite useful for the Giants this past season at the back of the rotation, finishing with a 4.00 ERA and a 151/58 K/BB ratio in 184 2/3 innings. He didn’t fare so well in the post-season, allowing nine runs in 12 1/3 innings across three starts and a relief appearance.

Anderson, 26, hasn’t been able to rack up triple-digit innings pitched since 2010 due to various bouts with injuries. During the 2014 season, Anderson suffered a fractured index finger as well as a bulging L4-L5 disk in his back. In his eight starts, he posted a 2.91 ERA with a 29/13 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings.

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.

Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.

If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.